Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 1994 season was the unofficial 8th AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987.
The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears. In 1991, Adelaide Crows joined the AFL to bring the number of clubs to 15. From this season, 8 clubs now participate in the finals series.
Starting this season, matches started playing 20 minutes quarters, a reduction of 5 minutes.
- Hawthorn premiership-winning coach, Alan Joyce was appointed coach at Footscray. He was replaced with Peter Knights as Hawthorn coach.
- Stan Alves replaced Ken Sheldon as coach at St Kilda.
This season's minor premiers and premiership club, West Coast Eagles climbed 5 places. Whilst last season's minor premiers and premiership club, Essendon fell 9 places.
Fitzroy started sharing its home matches between Western Oval and Princes Park.
West Coast Eagles were the minor premiers and won the premiership. They played Geelong in the Grand Final who finished 4th in the ladder. Whilst Sydney Swans won their third in a row wooden spoon.
Gary Ablett Sr. of Geelong won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer for the second year in a row. Greg Williams of Carlton won the Brownlow Medal.
|Qualifying Final||Melbourne||Preliminary Final|
|1||West Coast Eagles||West Coast Eagles||Grand Final|
|West Coast Eagles|
|Qualifying Final||Preliminary Final||Geelong|
|3||North Melbourne||North Melbourne|